By Mike Hanley on January 15, 2013
Kia hasn't had a full-size sedan in the U.S. since the Amanti's departure following the 2009 model year, but the automaker returns to the segment for 2014 with the debut of the Cadenza, a front-wheel-drive sedan that comes standard with V-6 power. It offers a host of available technology and convenience features, and it hits dealerships this spring.
For a large sedan the Cadenza has relatively athletic lines. Kia's familiar front grille is set apart from the angular headlights, giving it more prominence than in Kia's other models. The rear is tidy with wraparound LED taillights and dual oval exhaust tips tucked below the bumper.
Power comes from a 293-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine that features direct-injection technology for improved performance. The engine drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission that incorporates shift paddles on the steering wheel for driver-initiated gear changes.
The Cadenza will be offered in a single trim level that includes standard technology features like navigation with SiriusXM traffic updates, Kia's UVO entertainment system, an 8-inch touch-screen, a backup camera, an Infinity premium stereo and Bluetooth connectivity. Standard comfort features include leather upholstery with a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and keyless entry with push-button start.
If you want more features, Kia offers Premium and Technology packages. The Premium Package adds a panoramic sunroof, adaptive high-intensity-discharge headlights, a 7-inch screen in the instrument cluster, premium leather upholstery, heated front and rear outboard seats, a ventilated driver's seat with an extendable cushion and memory feature, a power-adjustable heated steering wheel, and a power rear sunshade.
With the Technology Package, the Cadenza comes with 19-inch wheels instead of 18-inch rims, an electric parking brake, adaptive cruise control with full-stop capability, a "water-repellant" windshield, a blind spot warning system, and a lane departure warning system.
Senior Editor Mike Hanley is a father of three boys; he reviews new cars, admires classic cars and has embraced the minivan lifestyle. Email Mike